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Accuracy Of Lung Dose Calculations For Large-field Irradiation With 6-MV X Rays.

E. Elkhatib, J. Battista
Published 1986 · Medicine

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In large-field irradiations of the upper half-body, there is a potential for severe respiratory complications. The incidence of severe radiation damage to lung can be reduced by limiting the lung dose and the volume of lung irradiated. It is necessary to have an accurate method of calculating the dose actually delivered to lung, and this work deals with such calculations and measurements in large (half-body) fields of 6-MV x rays. The results of various lung dose calculations by the Batho, the modified Batho (Lulu and Bjärngard), the simple scaled tissue-maximum ratio and the detailed equivalent tissue-air ratio methods are compared with doses measured in phantoms representing the mediastinum and adjacent lungs.

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